There will be occasions when you may need to send an e-mail from a Python script. An example might be an alert for the successful completion or error in a long-running geoprocessing operation. On these and other occasions, sending an e-mail can be helpful.
Sending an e-mail through a
Python script will require that you have access to a mail server. This can be a public e-mail service, such as Yahoo, Gmail, or others. It can also use outgoing mail servers configured with applications, such as Microsoft Outlook. In either case, you'll need to know the host name and port of the e-mail server. The Python
smtplib module is used to create connections to the mail server and to send e-mails.